Little Ruckomechi’s scenic location epitomises Mana Pools National Park in all its abundance. The camp is all about the intimacy of being close to nature and amongst the iconic albida trees that characterise the area.
Built on wooden decks the handsome en-suite tents are airy and elegant, and a delightful reminder of a bygone explorer era. The stylish living spaces include a dining room and lounge as well as a plunge pool all looking out over the great Zambezi River and the Zambian foothills in the distance.
Located in Wilderness Safaris’s private Ruckomechi Concession, bordering Mana Pools National Park, which ensures an exclusive and authentic safari experience complete with a diverse range of activities through which to explore Mana.
Accessed via scheduled or charter flights into Mana West Airstrip followed by a 25 minute game drive transfer into camp. Scheduled flights can be booked from Victoria Falls, Harare, Hwange, Kariba and other parts of Zimbabwe. The camp can also be accessed via road transfer from Harare or Lusaka followed by a boat transfer from Chirundu.
There are 3 Tents each with two three quarter beds. There is a 4th tent which is used for pilot/guides of the same standard as other tents and for private parties this tent can be used, allowing groups of maximum 8 people. Tent features include:
Tents are on low wooden decks, with sandy pathways on the ground linking the tents to the main areas
En-suite facilities with indoor shower, separate toilet and double vanity basin
Tea and coffee making facilities (hot water will be provided in the mornings)
No air-conditioning, however, a ceiling fan is fitted in each of the tent
Complimentary in-Tent Wi-Fi
Pool in main area
Lounge, dining and bar areas under canvas and on a raised wooden deck overlooking the Zambezi River
Day and night game drives
Boat cruises and canoe safaris
Catch and release fishing from the bank or by boat
Guided nature walks
Stargazing with a laser pointer
Children aged 13 years and older are accommodated, unless sole use of camp is booked
Children between 06 and 16 years of age must share with at least one adult in the same tent - there are no Family Tents at Little Ruckomechi
When booking sole use of the camp the minimum age restriction does not apply. However, the prime responsibility for the safety of children lies with the parent/guardian
The minimum age for boating activities is 06 years and for the canoe activities it is 16 years
The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years
Open April to Mid November
Wilderness Safaris, Children in the Wilderness and many donors work closely with the schools and communities that lie on the boundaries of Hwange. Over the years they have provided everything from classrooms, clinics and libraries to stationary and equipment. Teacher training and establishing and supporting community initiatives are also part of this uplifting programme
In 2008, it was found that many children were getting so little to eat they could not even walk to school. Wilderness Safaris, its guests and Children in the Wilderness have since provided one meal on every school day of the year to the children of five schools on the outskirts of Hwange.
Wilderness Safaris also supports the Painted Dog Conservation Project. This initiative looks into the population status of wild dog in Zimbabwe as well as the human to wild dog conflict. Its mission is to protect and increase the range and number of wild dog through research, relocation, education and community involvement.
Ruckomechi and Little Ruckomechi assisted in collecting data for the Cheetach Reseach project, which carried out population surveys to find out where cheetah occur, their population sizes and the challenges they face in Zimbabwe.
The camp operates on a 220V generator
Solar units charge the batteries located at each tented accommodation, providing sufficient 12V lights throughout the night and power for the fans
220V multi-plug adaptor charging facilities for mobile devices. Additional charging facilities (available on request) for the use of sleep apnoea machines (guests to provide own device, spare batteries, charging unit and adaptors)
Water for showers are heated by solar geysers
WIFI in guest tents
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